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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Oil Portrait in Progress - Update #2

Oil Portrait Underpainting
16x20" Stretched Canvas

I have reworked her mouth a fair bit but it still needs a bit more refinement so it does not look so flat and cut out.  I think I need to wait until this layer is dry though as I have tried a few times and I just end up blending everything into a nice flat gray, drat.

I refined her nose and eyes more as well and am quite happy with the way her eyes are looking.  Not so much with the nose but I think it is pretty close.  I think this is where it pays off to have several paintings on the go at once as I would like to work more but must wait for the paint to dry, very tempting to push things.

I am not 100% sure what I am doing with the chair as well so I think I will do a couple of thumbnail sketches - duh - I guess this is why it is always best to do the thumbnail sketch ahead of time.  It looked so nice in photoshop though....

2 comments:

Vanessa said...

This is going to be very interesting. I love using a brown/ochre base as well in the beginning. Keep on going hun, it's coming together nicely.

Costescu said...

Thanks Vanessa, I am learning so much already, loving oils! I would like to try the toned canvas for the next one, so many different techniques to try. I would also like to try a verdaccio soon :)

Flu season here has ground progress to a halt as I am sick and surrounded by sickos ;) Come on sprint ;)